Arriving in Zurich

As I mentioned, I’m in Zurich at the start of this week for the 6th annual IBM Innovation Forum.

How things can change in a year…. 13 months ago, the free Swiss Air chocolate looked like this.

Thank you for flying SWISS

…whereas now they look (disappointingly) like this.

Thank you for flying Swiss (2007)

Call me a traditionalist, but the previous wrapper was a classic while this one is just not trying. If it had been red on white at least I could have scribbled some notes in the whitespace.

I can highly recommend the Four Points (Sheraton) hotel though.

Four Points Sheraton hotel room [autostitch]

The room is clean, comfortable and spacious, something you get used to in the US, but can often be sadly lacking in Europe. The Four Points does, it must be said, err somewhat on the trendy side.

  • The wardrobe is cunningly disguised as a wall, It took me a few minutes to find it, during which process I found a minibar and safe, which were both disguised as another wall. I’ve taken to pushing random surfaces in case something else is waiting to be discovered.
  • The traditional bath and shower combination has been eschewed in favour of a spacious tiled wet-room. While I do like a bath they’re hardly ever big enough anyway so maybe this is a better approach, especially as the shower is agreeably powerful and boasts a showerhead only marginally smaller than a dinner plate.

It’s quite attractive despite its modernity, and a decent internet connectivity is provided at no extra charge (unlike last year’s hotel). I even found a pair of slippers and a fluffy white dressing gown in the wardrobe. Luxury.

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  1. You know, as I read this review I can hear Loyd Grossman’s voice in my head.

    Comment by ray — November 25, 2007 #

  2. Just think of his voice and read:

    The traditional bath and shower combination has been eschewed in favour of a spacious tiled wet-room.

    and…

    I even found a pair of slippers and a fluffy white dressing gown in the wardrobe.

    Who lives in a house like this? Let’s go through the keyhole!

    ;-)

    Comment by ray — November 25, 2007 #

  3. Yes, indeed, Roo. I have just gotten to the hotel just before a few minutes after I called you and I have been very very impressed to say the least. The room is very spacious, indeed, the bathroom functional, classic, minimalistic (Love it!) and the bedroom is more like a living room with all the creature comforts you can imagine, oh and you forgot to mention it … Free *fast* Internet Ethernet connection. Just got the MBP plugged in and off I went… Catching up before leaving it for the day… See you tomorrow for breakfast! :)

    Comment by Luis Suarez — November 25, 2007 #

  4. Roo, on the way back, I got another of those Swiss Air Chocolates (darn, it was tasty too), and this time, thanks to you, I looked at the packaging, and you know what was cool about it – the inside – here you had a zillion really little red swiss crosses on a white background… looked kind of nice.. but I neglected to take a picture… (so, OK, now we have something to do next time we fly Swiss Air…)

    Comment by Grant — December 1, 2007 #

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